Day 1: Fly to Nepaljung. In Nepaljung
Transfer to airport. We fly to Nepaljung located in southern Terai belt in west Nepal. Normally the flght leave in the afternoon. The duration of the flight is one hour. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at Nepalgunj.
Day 2: Fly to Jumla (2317m). In Jumla
Transfer to airport. We fly in the morning to Jumla. The flight duration is about 35 minutes. We stay overnight at Jumla to organize porter and food.
Day 3: Dillichaur (2525m)
We take north eastern route through Chaudabise Khola (river). We pass throrough the field at Talichaur and Devkotaabara and continued north on thre west bank of the river to Dansangu. After lunch continue to walk to Urthu and head east follwing the south bank of the river. Beyond Lorpa to Lamri the valley is wide. Our journey continue along the undulating plain of Dillichaur (2525). Overnight camp would be at Dillichaur. You may meet Bhote people from the village up north like Mandhara on their way to Jumla. Normally we take the other alternative trail to go to Gothichaur (2700m). This is the main trail to Dunai.
Day 4: Talpi (2710m)
Today is fairly a short day. We cross the wooden bridge on the Chaudabise Khola (river) and follow the trail that heads to the northernly direction to Mandhara and Rinimokscha tal (lake). The trail continue to the east below Bhotegaon (2680m) along the north bank of Chaudabise Khola (river). As we reach Talsi the valley is quite wide. This village is at the juncton; one trail lead north to Mugu and Wangri through Hurigaon which is possible only in summer the other trail leads to Talpi. After Gothichaur we trek to Naphu Khona (3080m).
Day 5: Churta (3020m)
We are still following Chaudabise Khola (river). We cross the river and walk upstream of Patel Gad (river); the small village of Siyalgari (2620m) is an hour walk. The main occupation of the people of Siyalgari is to breed horse. We walk through dense forest of pine and birch in the valley made by Patel gad (river). It is a long day walk along the river valley before we ascend to cross Lete Lagna pass at 3383 meter. After the pass we make steep descent to the south through dense forest to Ghar Gad (river). The long descent continue to the village of Churta (3020m). Churta is a Bhote (Tibetan) village. From Naphukhola trek to a place Below Barburi Lagna (3658m).
Day 6: Chaurakot (3078m)
We follow another river (Ghar Gad) upstream on the right bank. There are maginificent forest of pine and oak trees along the route. We make another river crossing and climb the steep trail and cross Maure Langna (3916m) pass. After the pass we descent gradually then traverse to Chaurakot (3078m). The view of kagmara (5961meter) and other near by peaks are visible as we descent. Chaurikot has a small Bhote village but they do not claim to be Bhote. From Buri Lagna to Hurikot (2745m).
Day 7: Toysen
Next day we continued to descent to Jagdula Khola (river) to Rimi and Kaigaon (2620m). Instead of following the main migration road to Tibrikot we trek north east to Hurikot. The people of Hurikot though they follow Buddhist faith in the past, now they are in the process of becoming Hindu. Their names are Bhote origion but tradition are mixed of Hindu and Tibetan. We continued to follow Jagdula Khola towards north. After lunch we cross the river at Toysen and follow its tributary –Garpung khola (river) to the east.
Day 8: Kagmara Base Camp ((4000m)
As we climb the steep slope to the high camp we can see birch firest in the lower section and juniper bushes at higher elevation in the backdrop of small peaks on Kagmara range. On this day we climbed almost 1000 meter to the base camp of kagmara. Though the day walk is short we will be walking slowly as you approach the base camp of Kagmara which is just below Kagmara la (5115m).
Day 9: Kagmara (5115m) and descent to Lasa (3450m)
Early in the morning we cross Kagmara la and make steep descent to the small village of Lasa and the source of the river- Julung Chu. The climb to the pass on the ridge of Kagmara RI (5370m) would take us about 30 minute. From the pass we can get a great panoramic view of the entire eastern himalayan range including mountain that extend to Tibetan plateau. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range dominates the view in the east. The view of Kagmara and the Kanjiroba Himal are very impressive.
Day 10: Pungmo (3200m)
We continued our descent solowly and carefully through the slopes. It is possible to come across heard of blue sheeps, wild goats and blue pheassnts. These wild animals and birds are not killed and disturbed by the villagers as they are Buddhist. After a long descent we reach Pungmo (3200m). This is a Bhotia village. The villagers practice Bon po faith with the adaptation of Buddhist teaching though most of their symbolic tradition are done in opposite way to what Buddhist does. Bon po faith dates back pre Buddhist era. The villagers are mostly traders. Visit Kani chorten (stupa); the ceiling and walls of the chorten are painted with Bon po and Buddhist symbols. Apart from the gompa of Shey in upper dolpo beyond the high mountain the gompas of Pungmo has the image of Shen–rab, the founder teacher of Bon po. It is possible to meet the reincarnate lama of the gompa. If you are ucky you may have chance to observe one of their summer festivals.
Day 11: Ringmo (3600m)
We walked down to the confluence of Pongmo chu (river) and Suli gad (river) and walk along the bank of Suli gad towards north. Stop for lunch at Polma (3200m). After lunch we cross the river and climb the trail to Murwa known as Maduwa (3300m) and make further ascent to Ringmo gompa. As we move onward from Murwa we can see the cascade of water fall from the high moutain – it is truely enchanting sight. And the view above the waterfall and the entire landscape is unbeleivably beautiful to mesmerize any one. David Snellgrove, a veteran traveller in the mountain of Nepal, on his visit in 1956 descrined the scenic beauty of the place as praradise of Buddha. Its beauty cannot be described in word; it has to be seen and experience. The Ringmo (3627m) village is situated at the end of south side of Phoksumdo lake (3728m).
Day 12. Free day in Phoksindhu (3728m)
Stay overnight at Ringmo. Visit the chorten and gompas; it is an amazing to see the fresco painting on the walls and ceiling. People of Ringmo are predominantly Buddhist but many of them have adopted Hindu names. The blue turquoise lake was shown in the film “The Himalayan Caravan” flmed by Eric Valli.
Day 13: Pyon khola (4450m)
From Ringmo village we crossed the bridge and climb the trail to the east that leads through dense forest until the top of the valley above Murwa and then we descend gradually to the pasture land at Roman. We continue to climb to the cross road and from there take the trail on the left marked with waterfall. The trail head towards north east direction and enter into a narrow valley that gradually widens as we reach Baga la. The Baga la pass at 5070 meter is surrounded by glacier and sharp rocks. At this vantage point you can get a beautiful view of entire Kanjiroba himal. We cross the pass and decend to Pyon khola (4450m). Our camp would be above the river.
Day 14: Tarap Khola
It is best to cross the river in early morning; it should take us about 2 hour easy walk to another cross road. We take the trail that leads to south east direction.The trail to north east direction leads to Shep gompa. In annother 4 hour walk we reach the summit of Numa la (5190m). Often the pass is covered with snow. The pass offer great view of the mountain to the north and Tarap valley in the south. Cross the pass and descend to Tarap Khola (river).
Day 15: Tarap (4040m)
We descend further to Champa Gompa for lunch. It has a beautiful gompa dedicatd to Guru Rimpoche. After lunch we pass through the village of Mondo, cross the river to Chumaga and Kakar village and reach Dho Tarap (4040m). Dho is a major village in this area. Thera are many chortens and gompas around Dho. The valley has cultivated lands and many other villages to the north and east. Though the people are Magar-one of the major ethnic group in Nepal, they have Tibetan tradition and speaks Tibetan. They have both type of gompas – Bonpo and Buddhist. The village also has major facilities like schools and health center funded by foreign aid agencies.
Day 16: Dho Tarap (4040m)
Stay overnight in Dho Tarap. Take walking excursion in the village and visit gompas and chortan. You may take this as your rest day.
Day 17: Serkam (3745m)
From Dho Tarap our return journey starts. We begin to descend through gentle path along the river valley made by Tarap khola (river). We walk about 4 hour stretch to the lunch stop. After lunch we enter into the narrow and deep gorge. The path are made on the rock high above the river. There are seveal small caves throughout the narrow gorge. We stop at Serkam for the night.
Day 18: Kani Gaon (2950m)
We continue to follow the river slowly and steadily through the narrow gorge to Lahini (3250m) where there is a beautiful meadow on the side of the river with the water fall behind it. After Lahini the path gradually widen and becomes green. We pass through Juniper and pine forest. It is possible to see musk deer in this area. We walk further to Kani gaon (2950m) - winter residence of the people of Dho.
Day 19: Tarakot (2600m)
The trail decent to the bridge and cross the river. The confluence of the river at Kahani gaon (2543m) is about 3 hour down the trail. After lunch at the river confluence we walk along the major trail to reach Tarakot (2600m).
Day 20: Juphal (2400m)
The last day of our walk pass through the district headquater of Dunai (2150m) where there are health post, schools, government offices, militery and police check post. Finally we reach Juphal to take our flight out of Dolpo.
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we fly to Nepaljung. It is about 40 minute flight. We wait at Nepaljung for connecting flight to Kathmandu. The connecting flight are usually in the afternoon. We fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Note: This trek involves several days in the high elevation above 4000 to 5000 meter. So, it is important to bring appropriate clothing and shoes. All participants must be physically fit. This trek is physically demanding though mountaineering skill is not necessary. It is important to remember not to endanger the lives of other trek members, Sherpas, and porters by climbing a peak or continuing the trek in unsafe conditions. The schedule stops as shown above are a guideline only. It may change due to logistic reason and other condition like weather, etc. that are beyond our control. Flight to remote mountain airstrip is subject to weather and technical condition. All flights are in early morning. In winter the thick fog in Kathmandu airport in the morning may delay subsequent flights to and from other destinations. It is important to allow 2 nights before and 3 nights after the trek in Kathmandu to allow possible flight delay in the mountain. There is no refund for unused service whatsoever the reason be after the trip has begun.